Returning from the break, Howard introduced everyone to Aspen, a beautiful 19-year-old blonde from Florida who was in to be the card turner for today's "Homeless High/Low Game". Howard said she was smoking hot and asked if she was a stripper. She said she wasn't, which Artie thought was a shame because he thought she could earn millions stripping.
She said she recently left the small town she grew up in to pursue a modeling career and has been traveling around the East Cost. She said her career and travel ended her 5 year relationship with the one and only boyfriend she's ever had. It has also earned her a stalker. Apparently, the stalker called her cell phone recently and Aspen claims she knows his wife. Robin suggested that, if she wants it to end quickly, she should tell the guy's wife. Howard said if she really wants to make the stalker go away she should marry him. Doug Goodstein came in and announced that Aspen had a bikini on under her clothes and Howard wasted no time in having her shed her clothes to reveal the bikini.
With Aspen suitably attired, Howard introduced Joe, today's contestant for the $25,000 Homeless High/Low Game. Joe said he was 58, but Howard thought he looked younger (Joe said he was born in December 1945, which would make him 59 -- but who's counting). Howard said he thought it was odd that guys would want to be homeless in New York, when they could walk south and be homeless in Florida instead. This almost got Joe started with the "philosophy" of homelessness, but he got sidetracked. He said he was homeless because he "wasn't allowed to go home anymore." The High/Low Game works just the way it sounds; Aspen turns a card over and Joe picks whether he thinks the next card will be higher or lower. Each time he is correct, he has the option of stopping with the money he has already won, or risking it all to try to increase his winnings.
Here's how it played out for Joe: • The first card was a Queen, Joe picked lower. • The next card was an 8, winning him $100. Joe decided to go for it and picked lower. • The next card was a 2, winning him $500. Joe thought about leaving with the $500, but even he knew he could win the next hand, so he let it ride and picked higher. • The next card was a 6, winning Joe $1000. At this point, Joe decided to take the cash, even though he was sure the next card would be higher, thus ending the game for him • Just to be sure, Howard had Aspen turn over the last card, which was a Jack. Meaning Joe could have won $5000. Joe said he was happy with the $1000 and would give 90% of it to his kids and keep 10% for himself.
Howard congratulated him and reminded everyone that the money for today's contest was courtesy of www.partypoker.net.
With Joe safely out of the studio, Howard turned to Aspen to see if there was a way he could give away the rest of PartyPoker.net's money. He suggested Aspen play High/Low for the money, with the only catch being, if she chose incorrectly, she had to remove an article of clothing. Aspen immediately said no.
Gary reminded her that Howard had a lot of influence at Playboy and could easily get her considered for the magazine. Howard then told her if she played the game, she could quit whenever she wanted. The game started with a 4 and with only 2 cards lower than that, $500 seemed like a lock, but Aspen still said no, so Howard upped it to $1000. Before she answered, Howard had Gary stop and put on his burka. After much hemming and hawing, and ALMOST doing it, she again said no.
Howard turned the card over anyway and it was a 5 - meaning Aspen missed out on $1000. Howard then made the same offer, $1000 for the 5 and Artie added that, based on his extensive gambling experience, there was no way she could lose - but again, she said no. And again, the card was turned over to reveal an 8. Sal came in with a possible solution, Aspen put on a white t-shirt and instead of taking it off, she would be squirted with water from a super-soaker if she was wrong; in other words, no nudity.
Aspen finally succumbed to the pressure and guessed lower; and it was a six, winning her $1000. Aspen thought the next card would be higher so Howard then offered her $5000, but she would have to take her top off if she was wrong and she backed out.
Gary turned the card over anyway, revealing an Ace - meaning she not only missed on the $5000, but the next card was a lock to be lower, since there are no cards higher than an Ace. Garry then re-shuffled the deck and pulled out a 7. Again, Aspen thought the next card would be higher and was willing to go back to the wet t-shirt option, but wouldn't risk taking her top off for $5000.
So Howard ended the game and had Gary turn the next card...revealing a King! Gary then revealed a few more cards and each one would have been an easy pick for her. Howard joked that she could have won as much money as Donald Trump had she stuck with it.